Victim blaming needs to change to combat interpersonal violence

Speaking up can be the hardest part for a survivor of domestic or family violence.

There are a number of things that can work against you – finding shelter, financial security or even the way people talk about you.

Research shows that victims and offenders of violence are widely misrepresented by the police and the media, and this is often due to language which can blame and stigmatise the survivor.

The Faculty of Health at UTS is holding the short course ‘Violence, Resistance and the Power of Language‘.

Allan Wade is an internationally recognised researcher in the area of interpersonal violence and language and will be leading the course.

He spoke with Jake Morcom.

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